Community Data for Change

CHANGE occurs when people collectively know and understand their problems because this is how they get to the right solutions that directly address their challenges. We want to empower organisations of the poor with skills and knowledge to generate data about their communities through situational analysis: community profiling, mapping and community-led enumerations.

Key Activities

  • Needs assessments
  • Partnerships development
  • Learning exchanges
  • Fundraising for community projects
  • Community mobilization and awareness campaigns
  • Group formation
  • Annual Forums
  • Training on leadership
  • governance
  • financial management
  • budgeting tracking

We want more organisations of the poor to know their communities through these initiatives and use evidence to progressively engage with their local authorities and other duty bearers. We want to see communities using data in a more informed way to advocate for change.

The Community Data for Change (CDfC) will conscientize organisations of the poor on the challenges they face. The data will not be an end in itself; it will inform community planning processes and resource distribution. CDfC will reinforce community voices in planning and development. The data will be used by communities themselves and other stakeholders to improve access to basic services, leverage funding for community priorities, raise awareness about community issues and enhance service delivery at local level.

Our goal under CDfC will be “to develop a critical mass of proactive communities, conscious of their needs and taking steps to address them in a holistic fashion.” We are aware of development complexities of this time and that increasing people’s knowledge and awareness about issues affecting them, gives them a greater say over their destiny. Knowledge is power; it is this power that will drive communities to demand and proactively be part of the change they seek.

We have strategies to achieve this goal, and these are ! Expand our community activities to enlist and organise poor people’s organisations. ! Enhance community profiling, enumerations and mapping as tools for negotiation ! Increase community participation in planning and budgeting at local level ! Expand our training programmes and exchanges on community-led planning, implementation of projects and monitoring

Our Targets: " By 2019, compile a database regarding all informal settlements in Blantyre, Zomba, Lilongwe, and Mzuzu cities. " By 2019, Blantyre, Zomba, Lilongwe and Mzuzu city urban poor networks using data for decision-making and engagements with stakeholders. " By 2019, Community generated data is used as a tool for planning, development and monitoring in 11 districts.


More proactive organisations of the poor influencing and demanding responsive service delivery.